Tennis-X Notes: Doping Net Catches 2 More ATP Players

Posted on January 31, 2006

From the Reuters: "Slovak tennis player Karol Beck has tested positive for a banned substance, Slovak Tennis Federation General Secretary Igor Moska said on Tuesday. Moska said the positive test came last year, but he did not say which substance was involved nor give any other details. "I have known about this for quite some time. I believe the substance was taken unknowingly," he told Reuters. "We have not yet received an official notification, but we are expecting to receive it later today or tomorrow." The International Tennis Federation, the sport's governing body, declined to comment on the report when contacted by Reuters on Tuesday.

Roger Federer has won seven of his last 11 Slams contested...Bob Bryan on the new ATP doubles scoring: "I think we're all going to try to get behind this scoring system for a year and see if it can make doubles better. Who knows, it might happen in the Slams in a couple years."...Czech brothers Ivo and Jan Minar make their ATP doubles debut this week in Zagreb, an event which returns to the ATP tour after an eight-year absence...Both of Tommy Haas' losses this year have come to Roger Federer, a feat which won't be repeated this week in Delray Beach...17-year-old Argentine Juan Martin Del Potro, making his ATP debut this week in Vina del Mar, finished as the youngest player in the year-end Top 200 last year, raising his ranking by over 900 positions...Former No. 1 Lleyton Hewitt has dropped out of the Top 10 to No. 11, while Aussie Open semifinalist Nicolas "The Tosser" Kiefer rises to No. 12, and Marcos Baghdatis to No. 27...Swede Robin Soderling won the Heilbronn Challenger last week...Unseeded Canadian Frank "You Can" Dancevic won the Waikoloa Challenger, where Jan-Michael Gambill lost in the first round and Vince Spadea pulled with a bad back...Former Ecuadorian riser Giovanni Lapentti lost first round at the Santiago Challenger...Kim Clijsters returned to the No. 1 ranking this week for the first time since 2003, with former No. 1 Lindsay Davenport tumbling to No. 3 behind Aussie Open winner Amelie Mauresmo, with the out-of-retirement Martina Hingis climbing to No. 117...From the AP: "The mother of tennis player Marcos Baghdatis had minor surgery Monday after falling ill while watching her son play in the Australian Open final, her brother said. "She's out of surgery and she's fine," Pambos Charalambous told The Associated Press. Androulla Baghdatis fell ill on Sunday during her son's loss to top-ranked Roger Federer. "She will be fine by Friday when Marcos arrives (home)," Charalambous said. Charalambous said his sister had gall stones and her condition worsened in the days before the final. Local authorities in Limassol, his hometown, have already announced they will name a street after Baghdatis."...Whose tears were more heartfelt over the weekend, Roger Federer's for winning the Australian, or Andy Roddick's when Delray Beach organizers wouldn't take a wildcard away from another play to give to him?...Alix Ramsay writing for the Scotsman: "Henin-Hardenne had been taking anti-inflammatory tablets to help her sore serving shoulder and, in the past few days, the doctors advised her to increase the dose. That helped her shoulder but hurt her stomach and she spent most of Friday night doubled up in pain. Deciding to try and play in the final, she immediately knew that she did not stand a chance and after a 33-stroke rally in the second set, she called for the doctor. The game was up."...From Tennis Week: "Holger Fischer got caught with cannabis in his cookies and is feeling a fine now. The 873rd-ranked German tested positive for cannabis during a Swiss Tennis Satellite Circuit event in Montreux on September 22nd after eating cannabis-laced cookies at a local club and voluntarily withdrew from competition for three months as part of his penalty, the International Tennis Federation announced today."...Jelena Dokic has rocketed up eight spots to No. 362 in the latest WTA Rankings...Lindsay Davenport, who this week gave up the No. 1 ranking, has not won a slam in six years...ATP Delray Beach Tournament Director Mark Baron on Andy Roddick saying he would play the qualifying then bailing: "For what reasons he made his decision not to play, I don't know. 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Henin-Hardenne just wasted one because her stomach was hurting a lot?...I think Henin-Hardenne's reputation is tarnished forever. The tennis beat writers will never let her forget this. And it's not a first. Remember there was the 2003 French Open serving incident against Serena Williams, when she held her hand up on a Williams serve to signal she wasn't ready, then pretended like she did nothing."...James Blake is getting the nod over Robby Ginepri for the No. 2 singles spot on the U.S. Davis Cup team versus Romania...Pete Sampras speaking to the Times Online on Roger Federer: "I don't like to be reminded of the time we played at Wimbledon -- he beat me fair and square and though it hurt, I knew he was a real talent. From what I see, he is able to play at a higher level with less effort than the rest -- a bit like me. You see Andy Roddick and it is work. Roddick's out there grinding, but it doesn't take a lot of effort for Federer to play great. He is the complete package, head and shoulders over the rest. I put up the records and I know that is the most that I could give. If someone breaks those, my hat is off to them because I know what it takes. It seems that Federer has the temperament to stay at the top for as long as he wants."...French Davis Cup captain Guy Forget has left Fabrice "The Magician" Santoro off the French Davis Cup team for their upcoming tie.